Firework sales a disappointment in Amarillo

Firework sales a disappointment in Amarillo

Amarillo, Texas - The 4th of July went off with a bang in Amarillo this year, but local firework stands didn't make much buck.

No ban on fireworks meant big expectations for area stand operators, expectations that included long lines and lots of sales.

But that didn't end up being the case.

As local firework stands are packed up and shut down for the summer, the owners are also calculating their profits.

Chris Wray with Alamo Fireworks says, "We estimate about $17,000 - $18,000 for the week."

But they are quickly finding out sales weren't what they had hoped for.

Matthew Finckbone with Mr. W Fireworks explains, "Customers weren't coming out the way they have in the previous years. They were kind of scared to come out and buy things for the simple fact that the bans were in place and even though they were lifted, people were still cautious about buying stuff and starting fires."

Business was especially slow in the days leading up to the 4th.

Wray says, "The majority of sales were the last two days, the 3rd and the 4th. Yesterday we probably pulled in around 12,000 worth of sales."... leaving lots of leftover fireworks.

Finckbone adds, "When you are talking about anywhere from $20,000 - $40,000 per stand, and operators are returning $10,000 - $17,000 worth of fireworks, that is half of what they had."

The low turnout is not only hurting local stand operators and owners financially, it could also have an impact on the business for years to come.

Finckbone explains, "If sales aren't good in one area, it could keep that stand from being open the following year and they could move that stand to another location, causing people to have to drive farther to get fireworks."

Disappointing sales are being attributed to firework restrictions, the continuing drought, and the holiday falling in the middle of the week.